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Sunday Mass:

Sunday at 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm with reservation only. Please register to attend at (306) 653-4945.

St Mary's Church,
211 Avenue O South,
Saskatoon, SK
S7M 2R6

Weekday Masses:

Wednesday at 12:00 noon with reservation only. Please register to attend at (306) 653-4945.

Guadalupe House,
426 Avenue J South,
Saskatoon,
SK S7M 2A6

What to Expect When Public Mass Resumes

Written by: Bishop Mark A. Hagemoen | Posted on:

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Saskatoon:

As painful as the decision was to suspend all public Masses in the Diocese of Saskatoon, the process was straight-forward and necessary for the common good. As we see numbers flatten and decrease, we are beginning to sense the situation improving. For the interest of the common good, and ultimately to best serve our own community, we do not want to contribute to a rebound effect that would push normal Mass attendance even further into the future. When health restrictions are eased and we are able to start gathering together again, it is important for everyone to understand that things will not immediately go back to normal. Health experts and civic leaders are currently determining new guidelines and restrictions for the next weeks and months, and at the same time the Diocese of Saskatoon is planning for how public Masses will be celebrated with respect to any new regulations. In issuing the new directives, it is understood that the possibility still exists that every parish may not be able to offer Mass open to the public due to, but not limited to: • factors including the vulnerability of the priest himself; • an inability to safely provide the additional personnel needed; • an inability to sufficiently sanitize worship spaces between uses; and/or • other circumstances. We know the desire to return to your parishes, participate in the liturgy, and receive the Eucharist is incredibly strong, but we ask that everyone approach this reopening with a patient, loving and charitable mindset. A gradual three-phased process will be rolled out with specific dates and directives to follow determined by our Diocesan leaders.

PHASE ONE – CURRENTLY IN PLACE

Churches are accessible for individuals and families to attend for personal prayer. No liturgies or group gatherings for devotional prayer are permitted at this time. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament may take place, as outlined by each parish. Funerals and weddings can occur as necessary in consultation with the pastor provided all provisions of the government health authorities are followed.

PHASE TWO – MAY 22, 2020

Churches will be permitted to celebrate public Sunday and weekday Masses with very specific restrictions, such as cleaning and disinfecting, the strict practice of personal distancing, and with the limited number of people present consistent with the civil guidelines. Baptisms may resume under the same principles.

PHASE THREE - DATE TBD

All other sacraments will resume according to the Directives provided by the Diocese and civil authorities. Options are given to pastors to carry out the Sacrament of Confirmation along with First Eucharist. Five Things to Be Mindful of During the Return Process

  1. A general dispensation from the Sunday obligation will remain. The dispensation for the obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect. No one will be required to attend Mass when the return process begins. At first, parishioners may not be able to attend Mass on a regular basis. Because of this, the live-streaming of Masses will continue for those who are not able to attend at their churches/ parish.
  2. Attendance will be limited. Restriction will remain on holding large gatherings. We do hope that eventually a calculation given the size of the church may be used to determine the safe number of people for a given building, but for now we will be strictly following the maximum number for all gatherings as set out by the health authority.
  3. Personal Distancing must be consistently practiced. Expect that your parish church will have pews/rows that are sectioned off, and that family groups and individuals will be asked to keep at least two meters (six feet) of separation from each other. Be prepared to wear a mask to Mass to guard against germ spread. Anyone with any symptoms of sickness or who have travelled out of country in the past 14 days are directed to stay home.
  4. Liturgical changes will be in place. Similar to protocols established when churches were closing, extra precautions will be taken. Temporary adjustments will be made with respect to how we celebrate Mass and receive Holy Communion. These will be outlined by the parish priest.
  5. There still will be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass. Even with best health practices and strict personal distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize there is a risk of contracting the Coronavirus. Improved cleaning will occur at our churches, but no one should expect that they will be any safer from germs than in other public spaces. We all need to recognize that this is a unique time and we will need to continue to work together to make progress. There will still be challenges and limits on what we can do in our churches. Many people may not be able to attend Mass the first few weeks it resumes. We are following these guidelines in order to protect those among us at most risk – our elders and people with compromised health who could be especially devastated if they were to contract the virus. Let us commit to this program of incrementally moving back into gatherings at our churches. Of course, we are aware that if infections begin to increase, we will be required to return to stricter protocols. Each one of us is called to be faithful and caring members of the Body of Christ as we expand activities in our parishes. Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen Bishop of Saskatoon

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We are the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon’s First Nations, Métis and Non-Aboriginal peoples Church. Our desire is to offer to the Aboriginal Community of Saskatoon an opportunity to experience the Catholic Faith through the traditions and spirituality of our Aboriginal culture.

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WHAT WE DO

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish helps Saskatoon’s First Nations and Métis people to walk with one foot in our traditional teachings and the other in our Catholic faith. Both elements are important to our spiritual identity. We pray using symbols, music and rituals which are meaningful to our People and to our cultures.

EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION:

Our celebration of the Eucharist incorporates elements of our tradition, such as smudging with the four sacred plants, praying the Great Amen in the four directions using the sacred drum, and honouring our Creator with gifts offered on a Star Blanket.

WHAT WE OFFER

WE OFFER
  • Full sacramental service to our community, including providing the necessary preparation to receive the sacraments, from Baptism and Confirmation to Marriage
  • Elder and Counselling Services
  • A venue for Traditional Native Wakes for our local community
  • Teachings and a sense of direction both within our community and within the diocese
  • Programmes for bringing healing and reconciliation to our communities
  • Connection with and liturgical support for our local schools including St Mary's Wellness and Education Centre
  • Outreach to the prison
  • Social functions such as music festivals, movie nights, sweats, and feasts are held throughout the year
  • A food pantry for our neighbourhood community
  • Funerals
  • Spiritual direction

OUR VISION

  • To build a strong faith community
  • To empower and equip Aboriginal people to become leaders in their families, communities, and the Church
  • Our celebrations and events integrate Catholic practices with Native Spirituality
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